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Cocaine doesn’t just curb appetite, it suppresses the body’s ability to store fat too, find scientists

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EEV: Science sometimes is not politically correct. This is in no way a promotion of drugs. In addition there are very deadly side effects as well as a nasty rebound effect.


  • Previously  thought coke caused loss because it suppressed the appetite
  • But a new  study found that the class A drug prevents fat storage
  • However the  slimming effect stops when users stop taking the drug
  • Some people  are thought to relapse because they are upset by the weight gain caused  abstinence

By  Daily Mail Reporter

PUBLISHED: 08:43 EST, 9  August 2013 |  UPDATED: 08:43 EST, 9 August 2013

Taking cocaine prevents the body storing fat,  new research has revealed.

Previously experts believed cocaine users  were slim because the class A drug was suppressing their  appetites.

The new research, by scientists at the  University of Cambridge, also found that the slimming effects stop when users  ‘go clean’ and that this can lead to dramatic weight gain.

Taking cocaine prevents the body storing fat, new research has revealed 

Taking cocaine prevents the body storing fat, new  research has revealed

The findings support theories that  body-conscious drug users sometimes relapse because they become so unhappy at  gaining weight when they stop taking cocaine.

Dr Karen Ersche, from the Behavioural and  Clinical Neuroscience Institute at the University of Cambridge, compared 30  cocaine-dependent men to 30 healthy ones.

She found that cocaine users actually choose  worse diets than healthy men – opting to eat fatty foods and carbohydrates – but  that they lose weight regardless.

Meanwhile, levels of appetite-controlling  hormone leptin in the drug-users’ bodies were cut leading to severe  over-eating.

Previously experts believed cocaine users were slim because the class A drug was suppressing their appetites 

Previously experts believed cocaine users were slim  because the class A drug was suppressing their appetites

Researchers believe the habitual  overeating,  and poor diet, only confound the weight-gain when users’  metabolisms slow when  they come off the drug.

Dr Ersche said: ‘We were surprised how little  body fat the cocaine users  had in light of their reported consumption of fatty  food.

‘It seems that regular cocaine abuse directly  interferes with metabolic processes and thereby reduces body fat.

‘This imbalance between fat intake and fat  storage may also explain why these individuals gain so much weight when they  stop using cocaine.

‘For most people, weight gain is unpleasant  but for people in recovery, who can gain several stone, this weight gain goes  far beyond an aesthetic concern but involves both psychological and  physiological problems.

‘The stress caused by this conspicuous body  change can also contribute to relapse.

‘It is therefore important that we better  understand the effects of cocaine on eating behaviour and body weight to best  support drug users on their road to recovery.

‘Notable weight gain following cocaine  abstinence is not only a source of major personal suffering but also has  profound implications for health and recovery.

‘Intervention at a sufficiently early stage  could have the potential to prevent weight gain during recovery, thereby  reducing personal suffering and improving the chances of  recovery.’

The research was published in the August  edition of the scientific journal, Appetite.

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